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COVID-2019 Alert

The latest information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, including vaccine clinics for children ages 5 years old and older.

La información más reciente sobre el nuevo Coronavirus de 2019, incluidas las clínicas de vacunación para niños de 5 años en adelante.

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  • Stanford's Parenting CenterStanford's Parenting Center
  • Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE)Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE)
  • Positive parenting during COVID-19Positive parenting during COVID-19
  • Mindful Parenting Educational ProgramsMindful Parenting Educational Programs

Stanford Parenting Center

The Stanford Parenting Center (SPC) ensures that parents are powerful partners in supporting their child’s mental health and well-being by providing them the right resources and tools. Parents are empowered to tap into their existing parenting abilities and learn evidence-based strategies to help them recognize, defuse, and even treat their child’s mental health difficulties.

Our team of experts believes that all parents can expand their skills and develop new behaviors to foster healthy parent-child relationships and support their child’s development and well-being. By accessing our wide range of programs and complementary resources, parents gain confidence in their parenting skills, find greater enjoyment in their parenting roles, and decrease the risk for pediatric psychiatric disorders.

The SPC works with the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development at the Stanford University School of Medicine, giving you access to a team of world-class experts.

Parent Management Therapy (PMT)

Ages 6 to 12

Aimed at reducing children’s challenging behaviors, building adaptive functioning skills, and improving the often-strained parent-child relationship. Parents participate in weekly sessions to learn specialized skills targeting problematic behaviors. Sessions involve presenting a principle or theme, discussing its relevance at home, developing skills in relation to the child’s behavior, and practicing those skills.

Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE)

Ages 9 to 13

Teaches parents of children with anxiety conditions supportive ways to respond to the anxiety, communicate confidence in their child’s ability to manage their feelings, and build independence. Parents learn problem-solving strategies to respond to anxious feelings and behaviors. Children learn how to manage their anxiety. Research indicates that SPACE may reduce children’s anxiety symptoms as much as standard individual child therapy treatment.

To schedule a consultation or to learn more about any of these programs, please call (650) 723-5511.

Parenting Center's Faculty and Staff

  • Elizabeth Reichert, PhD

    Elizabeth Reichert, PhDCo-director of the Stanford Parenting Center

  • Mari Kurahashi, MD, MPH

    Mari Kurahashi, MD, MPHCo-director of the Stanford Parenting Center

  • Nicole Starace, PhD

    Nicole Starace, PhDClinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences—Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • Victoria Cosgrove, PhD

    Victoria Cosgrove, PhDClinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences—Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • John Leikauf, MD

    John Leikauf, MDClinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences—Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • Shea Kelly Fedigan, PhD

    Shea Kelly Fedigan, PhDClinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences—Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • Linda Lotspeich, MD

    Linda Lotspeich, MDClinical Professor Emeritus (Active), Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences—Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • Kyle Cassidy, LSCWLicensed Clinical Social Worker

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